The Governance and Advocacy
Committee, in conjunction with the Heritage and Archives
Committee, have invited past President, Professor Ian Gough, to
summarise his achievements and to highlight memorable events that
occurred during his presidency (2008-2010) and his broader time on
Professor Ian Gough, past College President (2008-2010),
discusses key topics of the College agenda:
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Surgical Education and Training (SET)
Academy of Surgical Educators (ASE)
The politics of healthcare
RACS Code of Conduct
Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission (ACCC) challenge
Discusses the College's response to the ACCC challenge,
particularly regarding the opportunities available for overseas
Trainees. The initial and ongoing outcomes are described (8min
Describes the effect of the collapse of a major medical insurer
on many surgeons (4min 15sec).
Surgical Education and Training
Outlines the reasons behind the creation of a shorter and more
efficient training program to attract highly functioning Trainees,
as well as the effect of technological changes on training
methodology (4min 58sec).
Academy of Surgical Educators
Speaks of the inception and development of a College body to
assist in fostering and sustaining the pursuit of excellence in
surgical education (3min 34sec).
One of the major changes undertaken under Professor Gough's
leadership was changes to membership of Council, the constitutional
review, associations within the College, as well as regular
Surgical Leaders Fora and Trainees and Younger Fellows Societies
The politics of
Discusses the College's political stance and how the College is
now more politically engaged in upholding surgical standards in the
community (4min 37sec).
RACS Code of
Speaks to the development and revision of the surgeons Code of
Conduct, which also addresses involvement with the medical industry
and disciplinary actions for breaches of conduct (2min 8sec).
Elaborates on the College's relationships with overseas Colleges
and outreach programs (2min 59sec).
Professor Gough recites the Fellowship Pledge now taken by all
College Fellows at their convocation (2min 2sec).